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  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Marianne Wiggins, author, on Salman Rushdie, her former husband The chance of winning the lottery jackpot is less than that of being struck by lightning. I have never bought a ticket and plan to buy an insulating rubber helmet with the money I save. ...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Brian Taylor Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Sue Bennison, Gloucester

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Decorative vs functional ... betrayed unionists
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Among their number were the American feminist and cultural critic Susan Sontag and the British actress and miscellaneous campaigner Julie Christie. Apparently the conference chairman admonished Ms Sontag for overrunning her time at the lectern. She r...

  • The worst days of my life
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    One crisp autumn morning I made my way in my school colours, cap, blazer and badge, to Raines Foundation Grammar School, in Arbour Square, Stepney, and breathlessly awaited what strange adventures might befall me. For the first time I would be carryi...

  • LETTERS: Who needs a nation when we have a global economy? Local and global forces are stronger than national ones
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    He pours scorn on those Conservatives who want the UK to leave the European Union. But what is the EU if not a very big state in the making? - it aspires to its own currency and defence forces; it already has its own parliament and passport. Yet the ...

  • LETTERS: Breast test
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    But where in your A-Z was the mention of breastfeeding? Where were the "ordinary women" over 36? Black women? Fat women? Your feature did not contain even a hint of pregnancy and the changes that occur to the breasts for ever afterwards. It did not t...

  • LETTERS: Anorexia is not just genetic
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    We find that it is not simply events in the family nor the attitudes of parents that constitute problems for the child, nor that the child with an eating disorder is simply "obstinate". It is much more the case that emotional difficulties experienced...

  • Gentlemen's excuse-me at the 'Daily Congenial' If one green bucket should accidentally fall
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    I have the greatest respect for Sox, or Socrates as he was christened by his Mother, an intellectual, in memory of the great Canadian theologian and award-winning arm-wrestler the Rev Socrates Smith. For a time, Socrates' Christian name was affection...

  • LETTERS: Under-age 'seduction' is abuse
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Lord Esher did not, as Parris puts it, have "a long affair" with his own son; he sexually abused him. Lord Harcourt did not "seduce" this same boy and his sister; he sexually abused them. Describing this experience as "putting her off men for life .....

  • LETTERS: Two-tier care for the elderly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Mabel Nash at 99 years old has every reason to be cautious about leaving the surroundings she has known for all her life. Her decision is even harder, as it places a financial burden on her relatives. Merton's policy of asking her relatives to top up...

  • LETTERS: Management training could only be good for Labour
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    I would add Nigel Lawson's account of the Thatcher cabinet as an example of how not to manage a top team and as a failure of leadership. But one should be careful of privileging reading as the primary learning activity. To emphasise the written word ...

  • The awkward squad does democracy a good turn
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    For this the Conservative majority on the committee surely deserve some credit, even if it was the price paid to try to ensure that earnings from advising activities remained undisclosed. Mr Tony Blair might be wise to give some thanks for this advan...

  • Foul play by their noble lordships
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Yet the Bill was deliberately wrecked by a handful of peers who tabled so many amendments that it ran out of time. Who were these noble legislators? Four amendments were tabled in the name of Lord Kimbal (Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge), former ...

  • profile; Dimitra Papandreou; Naked lust for power
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    The picture was immediately denounced as a photo-montage and "a ruthless attempt at blackmail", while a public prosecutor ordered the arrest of the offending newspaper editors for insulting a public figure. One has already been fined heavily and the ...

  • If Labour can't say what it thinks now, when can it?
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    One of the reasons I was astonished by my father's response was the fact that he smoked heavily himself. Ignoring my pleas to cut down, he died from secondary brain tumours after first having a cancerous lung removed. I've also observed the effects o...

  • When women whispered and men whistled we were a quiet people Gone but not forgotten: the spaces once filled by the sound of silence
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Each then tried to think about somebody killed in either World War: a small individual meditation. Today, most people are too young to remember any of the dead directly. So they must think about the impersonal, the collective: "My country ... the pit...

  • LETTERS: Low ceilings
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    However, he identifies building regulations specifying "ceilings of a certain height" as a reason for the incorrect scale of much so-called vernacular-style housing. This excuse hasn't existed since 1985 when the building regulation requirement for m...

  • LETTERS: Jason and the Argonaut
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    The 500-tonne Argonaut reactor operated for many years, at a much higher power using the same type of enriched fuel. The reactor was built near Warrington, in Cheshire, close to homes and industrial premises and with a major road adjacent to the site...

  • LETTERS: 'Terrorist' should be forgiven
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Nevertheless, it is absurd that on the one hand Mr Lloyd is reviled by some Conservative MPs as a "former terrorist" while on the other hand some of his erstwhile comrades claim that he is not fit for public office because, in a state of shock and ho...

  • Keep out of the bedroom
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    But life never stays the same, whatever the wishes of the Daily Mail, Lady Olga Maitland and the assorted right-wing Conservatives who want the Cabinet to throw out Lord Mackay's Divorce Reform Bill. The Conservative Party exhorts the nation to embra...

  • Who's watching television?
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Last month they insisted that a Monday News at Ten could on no account be delayed for a quarter of an hour to accommodate an extra-long episode of Cracker. The cock-eyed outcome was to have Robbie Coltrane's feast of sex and violence switched to a Su...

  • LETTERS: Management training could only be good for Labour
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Has he failed to notice how dramatically British society and organisations, including the civil service, have changed in recent years, with the extensive use of agencies and the greater role of managers rather than traditional administrators? Such ch...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Colin McIlwain Leeds, West Yorkshire

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    V Crews, Beckenham, London

  • LETTER: Aftermath of the Quebec referendum
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: My daughter rang me from Montreal last night to say that she feels like an "unwanted intruder" and she and her husband are thinking of moving. I know how she feels. Her great-great-great-great grandfather was the first settler on a farm not 30 m...

  • LETTER: Mersey killing
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: While I would be only too happy in a world without the Beatles (2 November), I should point out that the so-called Mersey Sound did not replace skiffle; as a popular music form, this had largely disappeared by the end of 1957 - six years earlier...

  • When a hug can really hurt
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Such "inappropriate" behaviour, and when it turns into harassment, and when that should end someone's career are all increasing problems in the workplace, and many cases end up in industrial tribunals. How can you avoid being accused of sexual harass...

  • LETTER: Regional press threatened
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: The Government's Broadcasting Bill will be published this month. We fear that the Bill is to be based on an out-moded view of the regional newspaper industry. It will block the industry's natural development into regionally based media companies...

  • LETTER: Aftermath of the Quebec referendum
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Canadians who choose exile (Section Two; "Dear Canadians", 1 November) fall into two main categories: those who seek fame and fortune (mainly to the US) and those who seek a richer cultural life (mainly to the UK). Although I fall into the latte...

  • LETTER: Tumim's courage
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Following your article "Tumim saves his parting shot for Howard" (2 November) I would like to acknowledge the vision, wisdom, courage and determination of Judge Stephen Tumim in bringing to public attention the conditions into which our society ...

  • LETTER: When blood flowed freely
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: In view of the recent correspondence on charges for blood and blood products, it may be of interest to recall that, before the Eighties, cash transactions were not normally associated with their use in the UK. Collection, testing, processing and...

  • LETTER: Closure was wrong option
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Further to your leading article "Orphans of a dead school" (1 November), I would like to take issue with your statement that Hackney Downs School should have been closed several years ago. The Liberal Democrats in this borough have consistently ...

  • LETTER: The struggles of signing on
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Colin Campbell (letter, 28 October) does not tell the whole story about what it used to be like signing on. In the Fifties, I well remember being sent for a job interview before even being allowed to register for unemployment. Three hours of que...

  • LETTER: Legal folly of trying the judge
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: For any politician to seek to blame the judges, directly or indirectly, for current weaknesses in Britain's social policies ("Regina versus the politicians", 2 November) is both a serious lapse in statesmanship as well as an inept failure to acc...

  • LETTER: The history of colour-blindness
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: The author of the marginal notes on your arts page today (31 October) asks, with reference to the black singer and actress Diahann Carroll's starring in the touring company of Sunset Boulevard, "Is the American musical at last turning colour-bli...

  • PROFILE: LORD NOLAN An ideal judge
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    It was a characteristically sure-footed, upright gesture. Not noble or dramatic but entirely proper. Nolan was not going to allow himself or his committee to be accused of freeloading at taxpayers' expense, of raiding the public purse to entertain jo...

  • The rise of the quango state
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    All of these stories, and many more, connect to the book's central theme, which explains how Mrs Thatcher, while proclaiming herself an enemy of state power and socialism, actually accelerated Britain's post-war drift towards an ever more centralised...

  • LETTER: Aftermath of the Quebec referendum
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: In the aftermath of the referendum in Quebec, and as a federalist, I agree with Conrad Black that, while I would certainly deplore the breakup of my country, nevertheless some good things might come of it. Not least would be the abandonment of t...

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